We'll be traveling all over Italy, so for our 3 days in Rome we want to focus mainly on typical Roman food but won't be slavishly devoted to it. Cost is no object, we're also not afraid of risky neighborhoods, but we easily get bored of what I'll call high end international with the same foie gras and lobster menus around the globe. We definitely want something that has a sense of being in Rome.
Al Bric, Sunday night, already have a reservation
Porto di Ripetta - fish - redundant if we're going to Sicily?
Checchino dal 1887 - excellent traditional Roman?
Trattoria Monti - more modern? Still good? Overrun by tourists?
Piperno? heard conflicting info about the menu aside from amazing artichokes...worth a dinner, or just go for lunch of artichokes and one or two other things?
Il Matriciano after Vatican
Paris, if Piperno doesn't work out
Sora Margherita - backup option
Cul de Sac - wine bar, snack or full meal
Tre Scalini, Alberto Pica, Gilitti, San Crispino
---I need more espresso recommendations...I'm coming from a place with good espresso, so mainly I just need a quick fix once in a while and I'm not looking for a song and dance, just good beans and a well-pulled shot.
Special thanks to ejcSanFran for compiling a list that seemed to capture many of the Chowhound Rome favorits, quoted below:
"Thu, 10-09 - Checchino
Fri, 10-10 - Antico Arco
Sat, 10-11 - Paris (followed by late night clubbing)
Sun, 10-12 - Uno e Bino
Mon, 10-13 - Trattoria Monti
Tue, 10-14 - L’altro Mastai (is this a good romantic splurge choice?)
Wed, 10-15 - Da Felice
Thu, 10-16 - Lunch: Crudo or GiNa
Dinner: pizza (where?)
Fri, 10-17 - Agata e Romeo
Sat, 10-18 - La Piazzetta
Other places I’ve heard about:
Da Francesco – for pizza
Est! Est! Est!
Osteria del Rione – Inexpensive prix-fixe; any good?
Ristorante da Ottavio